GE, Maersk Drilling extend digitization to nine rigs

Following a positive pilot project last year, GE and Maersk Drilling have expanded the scope of their digital collaboration, designed to enhance drilling productivity.

Offshore staff

PARIS – Following a positive pilot project last year, GE and Maersk Drilling have expanded the scope of their digital collaboration, designed to enhance drilling productivity.

The pilot project covered one vessel and one asset, but the new target is nine vessels and 110 critical equipment items, such as the top drive, draw works, thrusters and main engines, over the course of a multi-year program starting later this year.

GE will implement itsSeaStream Insight Marine asset performance management solution to improve the consistency and predictability of drilling performance on nine Maersk Drilling rigs.

This provides real-time efficiency reports and performance indicators based on data gathered during daily offshore operations, and in Maersk Drilling’s case is targeting a 20% maintenance cost reduction and improvements in drilling efficiency.

Jesper Hansen, CIO of Maersk Drilling, said: “Through our partnership with GE, we are not only creating value for our two companies, but the industry as a whole.

“We believe that the systematic adoption of reliability-centered maintenance analysis anddigitization will be a step change in our industry, and Maersk Drilling plans to lead the way. To do that, we must acknowledge the need to break down the industry silos and work collaboratively across the value chain, as the sharing of data will enable further digital breakthroughs, which can enhance efficiency and remove waste across the supply chain.

“By offering new efficiency services to our customers, Maersk Drilling has taken the next step in digitalizing theoffshore drilling industry. Together with a number of relevant industry partners, we are now executing on our ambition to offer oil majors the world’s first digitally optimized drilling operation.”

“By scaling from one pilot project to fleets, it helps drive consistent drilling excellence at a global level, and this is how digital solutions will bring a multi-billion dollar impact to the industry,” added Tim Schweikert, president and CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions.

“Moving forward, we will continue to deliver measurable outcomes through the program and help Maersk Drilling and our partners better perform even during this period of industry downturn.”

By offering performance analytics for each rig, Maersk Drilling believes it can reduce deviations and increase productivity in operations such as drilling, tripping in, tripping out, and running/pulling the riser.

Another achievement is predictive maintenance. Maersk Drilling and GE have developed digital twins – virtual representations of critical equipment on the rig tuned through sensor and other equipment data – for the major drilling and marine systems equipment.

Through using the digital twins in combination with GE’s zonal analytics, the digital solution is said to decrease unnecessary maintenance and associated costs. In addition, the solution can detect equipment anomalies that could cause equipment to break own, providing foresight weeks in advance of pending issues.

07/17/2017

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